The National Vaccine Information Center – Your health. Your family. Your choice!
Founded in 1982, the non-profit educational charity the National Vaccine Information Center is dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and protecting the informed consent ethic in public health policies and laws. As an independent clearinghouse for information on diseases, vaccination and health, NVIC does not give medical advice or advocate for or against use of vaccines. NVIC supports the availability of all preventive health care options, including vaccines, and the legal right for everyone to make informed, voluntary health care choices for themselves and their children.
NVIC: Advocating for Safer Vaccines and Vaccine Policies
NVIC co-founders worked with Congress to secure informing, recording and reporting vaccine safety provisions in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. During the 1980s and 1990s, NVIC advocated for the licensing of a less reactive pertussis vaccine and for replacement of the live oral polio vaccine (OPV) with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to prevent cases of vaccine strain polio paralysis in the U.S.
NVIC: Calling for Transparency and Accountability
For more than three decades, NVIC has monitored vaccine research, development, regulation, policymaking and legislation while representing public concerns about vaccine policies on federal vaccine advisory committees and in scientific meetings, legislative hearings and major print and broadcast news reports. NVIC has called for improved transparency, accountability and informed consent protections in the vaccination system.
NVIC.org: Providing Referenced Vaccine Information
NVIC maintains the oldest and largest consumer-operated website on diseases and vaccination at www.NVIC.org, which is one of the most cited web-based vaccine information sources. The well referenced information that NVIC researches, publishes and disseminates to the public about diseases and vaccines reaches millions of people in the U.S. and around the world.
NVIC’s Facebook page, which has more than 70,000 fans and a daily reach of more than 1.8 million people, provides links to breaking news stories and referenced information recently posted on NVIC’s website.
NVIC: Promoting Vaccine Safety Research
NVIC provides assistance to those reporting vaccine reactions and promotes research to identify biological and environmental risk factors, which make individuals more susceptible to suffering vaccine-related complications that can lead to chronic brain and immune system dysfunction. NVIC advocates for well-designed, independent scientific studies to (1) define biological mechanisms involved in vaccine injury and death; (2) identify genetic and other biological high risk factors for vaccine complications; and (3) evaluate potential long term health outcome differences between individuals using many or fewer vaccines, including those selecting alternative vaccine schedules.
In 1989, NVIC coordinated an International Scientific Workshop on Pertussis and Pertussis Vaccine and sponsored International Public Conferences on Vaccination in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2009. These conferences featured presentations by immunologists, neurologists, epidemiologists, molecular and cell biologists, gastroenterologists, geneticists, pediatricians and holistic health professionals, as well as bioethicists, historians, law and government policy experts and consumer advocates.
NVIC: Protecting Informed Consent Rights
Many educated consumers and health care professionals, who want greater flexibility in making personal health care choices for themselves and their children, support stronger vaccine safety and informed protections in vaccine policies and laws. NVIC represents citizens from every state, who are taking action in their states to protect the legal right to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination and health.
The NVIC Advocacy Portal provides a free online communications network to registered users, who receive email alerts about proposed legislation that will restrict or expand informed consent protections in public health, education and employment policies and laws related to vaccination.